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notTV Live. Truckers vs. Trudeau. Day 3 – Update #5

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Kenora, Ontario

Rolling into Kenora at the end of Day 3 there are massive numbers of people heading to Ottawa in a few days. A group of Hutterites arrive in Kenora from Brandon, Manitoba and about 500,000 are in Winnipeg.

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Winnipeg General Strike of 1919

The Winnipeg General Strike of 1919 was the largest strike in Canadian history (see Strikes and Lockouts). Workers in Canada were struggling to make ends meet and inflation had risen by 65% over a six-year span.

Between 15 May and 25 June 1919, more than 30,000 workers left their jobs (see Work). Factories, shops, transit and city services shut down. The strike resulted in arrests, injuries and the deaths of two protestors.

It did not immediately succeed in empowering workers and improving job conditions. But the strike did help unite the working class in Canada (see Labour Organization). Some of its participants helped establish what is now the New Democratic Party.

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Background

After the First World War, many Canadian workers struggled to make ends meet while employers prospered. Unemployment was high, and there were few jobs for veterans returning from war. Due to inflation, housing and food were hard to afford. Among the hardest hit in Winnipeg were working-class immigrants.

Workers elsewhere in the world were fighting for better treatment. There had been strikes before the successful Russian Revolution in 1917. A growing international workers’ movement called syndicalism sought to bring down capitalism. It inspired western Canadian labour leaders to meet in Calgary in March 1919. There, they discussed the creation of the One Big Union.

Within hours, almost 30,000 men and women left their jobs. This shut down the city’s privately owned factories, shops and trains. Public employees joined them in solidarity. These included police, firemen, postal workers, telephone and telegraph operators and utilities workers.

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Opposition

The Citizens’ Committee of 1,000 quickly formed to organize opposition to the strike. It included Winnipeg’s most influential business leaders and politicians. This committee did not seriously consider the strikers’ demands. It called the strike a revolutionary plot led by a small group of “alien scum.” Winnipeg’s leading newspapers took this view, too. In reality, there was little evidence that the strike was started by Bolsheviks and immigrants from eastern Europe. But the Citizens’ Committee used these unproven charges to block any efforts to appease workers.

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Sources:

  1. https://www.thecanadianencyclopedia.ca/en/article/winnipeg-general-strike
  2. https://canadianlabour.ca/what-the-1919-winnipeg-general-strike-teaches-every-working-person/

Comment(1)

  1. sure would like to know when they are passing by Kitchener as i will be there with bells on, or Toronto–how do all these thousands of people know when to line the highway?

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